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>> we see the inside human struggle. it's a journey within. >> now is the time to look within and say i have it inside! >> reporter: what do you say to people who would say we are a country of overweight, obese people and you're helping to foster? >> the sport of can he tiff eating is about strategy. it is not about glut yoeny and not about a celebration of excess. >> reporter: by the time of the big showdown, everyone is in eating shape. >> you're looking at the three horsemen of the esophagus here at the center of the table, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: this is a very close race.
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>> sonia thomas appears to be rising above the ground. >> put it down. >> reporter: and we have a photo finish. >> with seven and three quarters plates, sonia thomas! >> reporter: sonia beats cookie by just a quarter of a plate and dethrowned the top ranked american eater. >> reporter: how do you feel now? >> fine. >> reporter: full? >> no. >> reporter: you're not full? >> no. >> now she's going to eat dessert. >> reporter: you're going to eat dessert? >> yeah. >> reporter: so sonia, where are you going now? well, she's going to coney island and the july 4th hot dog eating contest to take on the world champ. she says she'll be ready. >> of course you heard the announce are say these were the three horsemen of the esophagus.
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and insurance payment on a brand new power chair or scooter. call the number on your screen. for this >> for this week's installment of insomniac theater, jeremy and i both saw "public enemy." >> much anticipation about this movie because it has an all-star cast, jenny depp, christian bails, two all stars of the big screen. first a little background. depp plays the 1930s notorious bank robber john dillinger and bails plays the lawman hunting him down. depp escapes prison and takes
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off on a series of well-planned bank robberies. along the way he meets the woman he loves, a coat check girl named billie fresh et. >> i was born inndian a. my mama died, my daddy beat the hell out of me because he didn't know a better way to raise me. what else you need to know? >> it worked. she followed him and there was the love story after that. i love johnny depp. he could be in a kool-aid commercial and i would love it and watch it. i just expected more from this movie. i don't know what it was. they used a lot of hand had much held cameras. maybe i was sitting a little close to the screen. it was just annoying andujaring and blair witchish. i only gave it three and a half kernels. >> i had the opposite experience. i loved it. i kind of wanted to give it four and a half. it's a crime movie so there's a
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lot of fighting scenes. i hear what you're talking about some of the hand-held stuff. this is one of the action scenes where johnny depp is almost find out and it's in this scene he ends up losing a lot of the guys he's been going through this whole movie with. it would have the best actors, christian bail and him, bail plays an agent whose job it is to find john dillinger. listen to one of the exchanges when he captures him within time in the movie. >> you act like a confident man. you have a few qualities probably pretty good from a distance, especially when you get out numbered but up close toe to toe when somebody's about to die right here right now, i'm used to that. >> i have to admit i don't like christian bale. i haven't liked him for a while. he's fen ol nal in this movie. i give it four stars. you have to see it. this is one you have to see at the theater.
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>> that's one of your highest
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>> fan frenzy. the hundreds of thousands of people expected in l.a. tomorrow for michael jackson's memorial. the few tickets available and how police are preparing. >> then palin puzzle. how the governor of alaska's sudden resignation confounded republican leaders. >> it's one of the most politically tone deaf decisions that we've seen. >> what is her next political move? >> and signing off. radio star casie kasem's unexpected decision. >> keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. >> the end of an era. it's monday, july 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> surprising news over the weekend. sort of a last-minute decision
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sounds like. casie kasem off the radio. >> i feel like every weekend road trip you always turn him on to listen to the top 40. good morning. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. the fight over michael jackson's estate moves to a los angeles courtroom today. >> his mother is contesting a 7-year-old will giving two former business partners control over his millions while fans hoping for tickets for the superstar's memorial wait for news. t.j. winick has more. >> reporter: good morning. los angeles authorities are bracing for a massive influx of people, as many as three quarters of a million michael jackson fans may try and get near this building on tuesday but right now no plans for any jumbotrons outside beaming the service to folks in the streets. after all, right now police are asking people to stay at home and watch the service on television. over 17,000 michael jackson fans devastated over his sudden death ten days ago are now celebrating the fact they will get a seat at
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the king of pop's memorial this tuesday in los angeles. >> we never thought that we would be picked. although we kept checking all day and sane -- serendipity with with us. we got the tickets and were just really happy. >> reporter: the area around the staples center will be sealed off with the help of 2,500 police officers. fearing crowds of a half million or more, authorities are telling fans don't come out if you didn't win a ticket. >> really, it just doesn't make a lot of sense for purposes of being able to see or participate in the event. i'm hoping that people will heed that advice. to the degree that's possible, we'll have much smaller crowds. >> reporter: the jackson family will hold a private gathering at the forest lawn cemetery in the hollywood hills before the very public memorial to be beamed around the world. meanwhile the tributes continue. saturday night in london madonna celebrated michael jackson's
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music in the same arena where he was to stage his comeback. ♪ all right, people, let's give it up to one of the greatest artists the world has ever known, michael jackson! long live the king! >> reporter: the los angeles times is reporting that authorities investigating michael jackson's death are focusing on at least five medical doctors who prescribed him drugs. jeremy and vinita? >> stay with abc news for more coverage on michael jackson. later, the superstar's numerous plastic surgeries. >> president obama and the first family have left the white house for a visit to russia, italy and ghana. while in moscow, he'll try to smooth relations with president medvedev but prime minister putin may be still calling the
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shots. >> it looks as if putin is still making decisions and running the show. >> in an interview last week, president obama said putin had one foot in the old way of doing things and one foot in the new. mr. obama meets with putin tomorrow. >> reporter: in china a protest by ethnic muslims turned violent and the state media reports at least 140 people are dead. china security forces crabbed down on members of the muslim uighur group who were protesting their treatment at a factory. the government said several hundred people arend arrest but the situation is under control. security forces blame the trouble on uighur exiles. >> now to sarah palin's abrupt resignation. the fbi has taken an unusual step of announcing that she is not under investigation. so why is she quitting before finishing her term and what will it mean to her political future? john hendren reports. >> reporter: after two days of intense scrutiny on her surprise
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resignation, governor sarah palin is taking to the internet to fight back. in one of several postings on twitter, she promised to smack down lies about her. on face theres book she said i am now looking ahead on how we can advance this country together. i hope will you join me. palin's lawyers are vigorously protecting her image warning the media the palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law. republican leaders took to the airwaves to say they're just as baffled as everyone else. >> astounding. >> it's unclear what her strategy is. >> reporter: what is she up to? >> nobody knows exactly what she's trying to accomplish unless you're sarah palin. >> reporter: the man who will succeed palin tax her at her word that she's protecting her family and alaska's budget from bogus ethics investigations. >> what i heard from the governor really had to do with the weight on her, the concern she had for the cost of all the ethics investigations and the like. >> reporter: several republican
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leaders question whether the 2008 vice presidential candidate was setting up an unconditioningsal run for the white house and they question how stepping down now could possibly help. >> if this is geared for her run for the presidency in 2012, it's one of the most politically tone deaf decisions we've seen. >> reporter: in a primary, this is going to have an issue she'll have to face. she's got to demonstrate leadership >> reporter: as palin continues to defend herself online, each new statement fuels speculation her political ambitions are far from over and that we haven't seen the last of sarah palin. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> in gaffney, south carolina the first victims of a serial killer were laid to rest over the weekend. police are looking for this man who they say murdered five people last week, though they don't know why. most people in the small town knew all of his victims. now they're on edge and many are armed hoping police find him before he kills again. >> in nashville stunned fans have left flowers and messages at a restaurant owned by former
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quarterback steve mcnair who was murdered over the weekend. police are focusing on the relationship between mcnair and 209-year-old woman, sahel kazemi who was found shot to death beside him. the couple had been dating for several months. >> we have already begun talking to friends of miss kazemi and friends of mr. mcnair in an effort to ascertain were they having any squabbles, was one upset at the other, if so, why? >> mcnair was married with four sons. his wife is expected to announce funeral arrangements later today. >> reporter: in central america the military coup in honduras has turned deadly. ousted president made a daring attempt to return home but they blocked the runway. thousands of supporters awaited his arrival but they were met with tear goes and bullets. at least one was killed, two others severely injured. >> a late-night rule has cleared the way for general motor to quickly exit from bankruptcy. gm can sell its bast assets to a new company.
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the treasury department has threatened to cut off funding to gm if the sale doesn't go through by friday. >> do you need a paper towel? >> it's been a rough morning. >> you did all right. we'll get it cleaned up. >> now for a look at your weather. widespread thunderstorms, heavy rain and gusty winds from dallas to or left-hand owe. thunderstorms with a chance of hail from west texas and new mexico to montana. cooler with showers in the pacific northwest. >> raining in here, too. >> all over me. 65 in seattle, 69 in portland, albuquerque 92, highs in the 80s for chicago, st. louis and much of the midwest. 90s across the south, 77 in boston and 84 here in new york. let's show the world how sloppy i am. >> can you see this is coffee right here. >> no, it's tea, it's tea. >> i wanted to get the splash. >> all over my pants, too. >> all right. well, heads are turning in a
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tiny town in iowa all because of a very odd couple. >> the duck and the dog are inseparable. a teen-ager who owned her said at first she thought cleo would have her for lunch but instead they've become best friends. >> sterl loves dog food as much as cleo does. they even drink water from the same bowl. how about that. ♪ side by side
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jackson's song human nature. one of his hits is called "man in the mirror." the man jackson
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saw in the mirror through his life physically changed a lot. >> cynthia mcfadden chronicled those changes. we pick up the story with jackson on top of the world. >> reporter: it was after the unprecedented success of "thriller" the metaphor if a sis of michael jackson became far more than an artistic statement. it's as if it became his personal reality. >> he wanted to be the king of pop. he wanted to be michael jackson only in that became some extraordinary brand or some global phenomenon. >> reporter: and somewhere michael jackson went from controlling his image to being controlled by it. >> the fun house always becomes menacing at some part. the mirror starts reflecting you back to yourself in a grotesque way, your voice starts echoing in a strange way, you start losing the sense of your own stable identity. >> reporter: in 1984 a much
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publicized accident slowed him down briefly. his hair caught fire while shooting in pepsi commercial. ♪ because i'm bad, i'm bad >> reporter: his next album, "bad" is big. more than 20 million copies and another new look, a look that would evolve to this. how much surgery had to take place to go from this to this? >> his eyebrows are very, very high. he's probably had some sort of forehead lift or brow lift. his lips have been thinned out. they look like they might be tattooed. the nose speaks for itself. >> reporter: what is with the cleft chin? >> the reason why the operation hasn't become popular is because it never looks real. he didn't have that before. >> reporter: could his face just have evolved into that shape? >> no, that's not a natural cleft. >> reporter: as the makeovers became more extreme, the public
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seemed to be ever more fascinated. jackson even seemed to tease his fans about the color of his skin. in the music video "black or white." were the lyrics confirmation he was changing his skin color? not according to jackson, who in 1993 told oprah winfrey his skin color was transforming but it was the result of a skin disease. >> i have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. it's something that i cannot help, okay. but people make up stories that i don't want to be who i am it hurts me. >> it's the most unusual case that i've seen. i think he's bleached his skin, possibly to blend in. i have to wonder what came first, the condition or the desire for lighter skin. >> reporter: by 199 the 36-year-old jackson relest his
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music video "childhood." his appearance is strangely wide-eyed, square jawed, narrow cheeked, his skin like porcelain. what's the look that he would like to have as a result? >> obviously he's trying to look caucasian. his skin is whiter, his nose is getting thinner every six months, his lips are getting thinner, his eyebrows are getting higher, his eyes are getting defatted every time, his cheek bone, getting bigger. >> reporter: but jackson told martin bashir that just wasn't so. >> i'm telling you the honest truth. i don't do anything to my face. >> reporter: honestly? >> honestly. >> reporter: he says i've had no plastic surgery on my face, just my nose. it helped me breathe better so i can hit higher notes. end quote. >> it's a shock value statement. he's had plenty of plastic surgery on his face. his nose has had lots and lots of surgery.
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>> reporter: it is as though heap creating if not a new species certainly some look we've never seen before. >> absolutely. he ended up looking not white either in any literal way. ultimately there's nothing he really fully resembles. nothing traditionally realistically human. >> reporter: dr. steven hoffman performed plastic surgery on michael jackson until the late 199 s. ten years ago he told "20/20" he only did what jackson asked him to do. >> i think he wanted a feature that bothered him to be made smaller, more sculptured. he's very happy with what he's done, okay. i think he's done more than i recommended in terms of the changes, yes. >> it's interesting. the biographer also talks a lot about his on session with this notion of morphing. her thought is it started with "thriller." perhaps he had some weird if as national of morphing
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into something else. >> in that piece they morphed all the images of him through the years that really stood out the changes in his faced. you heard the plastic surgeon talking. it makes you wonder why along the way a plastic surgeon didn't step in and say, look irk michael, i'm not going to do this, i know it's what you want, but it's not right or healthy for you so i'm not going to do it. >> a lot of people speculating he surrounded himself with people who said yes. >> that's true. >> when we come back, advice for actress megan fox. >> yes. and justin timberlake's breakup? i don't know. skinny up next.
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kinny, so skinny ♪ skinny, so skinny >> we start with one of jeremy's favorite ladies. >> could we just put up a picture for a second or two?
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before you say anything negative, i just wonder if we could just look at her for a couple of seconds. >> and indulge your weird fantasy. >> then we could get into the bad stuff. >> first of all, have i nothing negative to say about her for the reasons you think. i don't have some weird jealousy like do i with other women for this particular one. it's interesting. if anyone saw the recent interview with her on entertainment weekly, she blasts the director michael bay of "transformers" and said he relied too heavily on special effects rather than acting. michael bay being the titan that he is in terms of being a director has lashed out and said nobody in the world knew about megan fox until i found her and put her in "transformers." he goes on to say she says some very ridiculous things because she's 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing up to do and makes the mention of the fact that he thinks the world basically rolls their eyes when she talks. i think it's safe to say her character might die if there's a
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transformer 3. this is just my opinion, not abc's, she has had heir of very very self-impressed. i think those comments lend to why she's not my favorite. >> she's got a lft people telling her how great she is. he argues he's a kingmaker, nick cage. >> i have to agree. he is. he started nicolas cage, will smith, ben affleck. >> made them all famous and now megan fox, the unappreciative actress she apparently is. >> could things be over between justin timberlake and jessica biel? and can i move my hands like this a little more? apparently it's a rocky road for the two of them. newspapers are reporting there have been troubles in paradise. they haven't been seen together since may and friends think the relationship is going south. there were rumors he perhaps cheated on her at a night club. he had to leave dinner once with his friends because she was burning up his phone basically asking him where is he, what's
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going on, always keeping tabs on him. all of his friends think she's annoying according to this source. he is in london partying it up and she wanted to go but he wouldn't let her. >> can i say something in her defense? this is a very similar m.o. to when he and cameron diaz broke up. so it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. >> he doesn't want to settle done. >> that's fine, don't have a girl friend then. >> from your lips to his ears. >> so kanye west could be interning at the gap of all places. >> as long as he doesn't sing, that will be all right. my opinion. >> so kanye west they're saying is interning at the gap and according to people who work at the gap, they say he is really quietly trying to learn the insides of business. he of course is a bigger fan of places like dior and louis vuitton. >> he fansies himself quite the
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fashionista. i didn't know the gap was the best place to -- >> we both need to stop. >> more news coming up. a
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>> here are some stories to watch today on abc news: president obama arrives in moscow today to begin discussions about the strained relationship between the u.s. and russia. >> the legal fight over michael jackson's estate goes to court in l.a. today. it involves the king of pop's mother and two men who are named co-extors of jackson's will. >> and the senator-elect from minnesota, al franken, meets with majority leader harry reid today on capitol hill. minnesota supreme court named franken the winner of a contested senate race last week. he's sworn in tomorrow. >> finally this half hour, the final countdown. one of the most recognizable voices in radio, casie kasem, is giving up what he's best known for. >> i feel like one of your
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listeners when you were a deejay. >> he's signed off his weekly countdown show for the last time. >> we begin the weekend of july 4th, 1970. after 39 years, this will be our final countdown. >> reporter: the news came as a shock to casie kasem's fans. kasem, 77, was the last of the big time deejays. personalities who brought personality to americans when radio was king. >> i really felt like these guys were a part of my family. >> reporter: casen handed over the mic of his signature show to ryan seacrest five years ago. >> reporter: kasem really pioneered the countdown format on radio and those dedications, thousands of them through the years. >> a long distance dedication from patty to roger. >> reporter: he also gave life
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to cartoon characters. he was the voice of skuby-doo's side kick shaggy. >> reporter: the music business has changed. kasem's wife says it's time to move on. >> the stations are changing, the networks are changing. radio itself is changing. >> reporter: almost no one knew until this weekend and kasem has declined interview requests. >> he's never been big on good-byes or hellos. he lets his work say it. the music may have changed but kasem has not. >> i'm casie kasem. now one more time the words i've ended my show with since 1970, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. >> such a familiar phrase. hey, casie, have i a request, can we have some paper towel around here? we got it all cleaned up now but
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>> moscow mission. the president's big trip to russia today. his challenge there, dealing with two powerful government leaders. >> then ticket to mourn. michael jackson fans who have their heart set on attending tomorrow's memorial service. >> it would be like a dream come true. >> all the anticipation in l.a.? >> and steve mcnair's murder. the nfl veteran's shot being death and what homicide detectives are uncovering. it's monday, july 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> that's shocking news out of nashville over the weekend. former league mvp in the nfl murdered. so many questions about the woman found dead with him.
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>> we keep hearing murder/suicide,which no one is confirming. >> president obama arrives in moscow this morning on a mission to repair strained relations between the u.s. and russia. >> things could get tricky as he tries to figure out who is really run the kremlin. yunji de nies is live in moscow. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is the first u.s.-russian summit in nearly a decade. the leaders have a lot to discuss including nuclear disarmament, growing threat of north korea and iran and the issue of afghanistan. the u.s. wants to guarantee access to key supply routes as they ramp up the fight against the taliban. the president has a unique challenge here because he faces not just one russian leader by two, a president and a prime minister. president medvedev holds formal power but prime minister putin may in fact still be in charge.
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analysts say mr. obama should deal directly with mr. putin and he needs to be tough. >> it looks as if vladimir putin is still making the key did he dee signatureses and running the show. >> obama with make brt oos of his team spinning more time with putin and understanding what makes this guy tick. >> reporter: but the president will spend the bulk of his time with mr. medvedev. he lands here in just a few hours. >> do we have an idea what exactly the agenda will be once he does land? >> reporter: well, the really key issue here is going to be that nuclear disarmament treaty. the current one expires in december. we do not expect them to have a full treaty by the end of the summit but if they can figure out a road map, if they can figure out a road to get there, that will be significant. >> yunji de nies live from moscow this morning. thank you. >> in los angeles michael jackson's mother will be in
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court today hoping to get control of her son's fortunes. meanwhile fans lucky enough to have won tickets to the pop star's memorial tomorrow must be there to pick them up today. ryan owens reports. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of michael jackson fans are anxiously awaiting word they are among the chosen few randomly selected to attend tuesday's memorial service. more than 1.6 million people applied online. less than 1%, 17,500, will get inside. >> i realize the chance i will get it is really, really low. >> it will be like a dream come true. >> reporter: the worry for police is what disappointed fans locked out of the ceremony will do. top brass at the l.a.p.d. are meeting again to go over the security plan to cordon off the downtown staples center. it's massive. 2,500 officers at a cost of $2.5 million. police are focused on finding the doctors who prescribed the singer so many medicationsnd so many often false names. >> and michael wasn't no freak!
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>> reporter: already grief has turned to anger for some. jackson family adviser the reverend al sharpton preached this morning at los angeles's first ame church. he lashed out at the media for focusing too much on the singer's scandals and not enough on his legacy. >> i say show the same respect for michael that you showed for frank sinatra and elvis presley. >> reporter: in london madonna paid tribute to michael jackson in the same arena where he was supposed to stage his comeback concert. >> long live the king! >> reporter: while the tributes continue, so does the legal battle over what michael jackson left behind. later today here in los angeles, a judge will hear arguments offer whether michael's mother, katherine jackson, should control that estate or whether it should be left up to the executors he named in his 2002 will. ryan owens, abc news, los angeles. >> and we'll have more michael
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jackson coverage throughout morning here on abc news. in a few minutes, reflections from the superstar's former chef. and tomorrow's abc news live coverage of jackson's memorial starts at 1 p.m. eastern, 10 a.m. pacific and i will return to los angeles tomorrow to cover the event for "world news now." >> meanwhile in honduras this morning police and soldiers are in the streets of the capital enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew. >> the ousted president made a bold attempt to return home. sonia has the latest from london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. unrest in honduras has been ramped up. yesterday amid seething tennings he failed in his dramatic effort to return into the country as authorities prevented the plane from land at theing airport in the capital tegucigalpa. zelaya was talking by phone to latin american tv network saying
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the authorities had threatened the plane if it attempted to land. authorities also clashed with pro-zelaya supporters who had gathered at the airport and throwing tear gas into them. two protestors are said to have been killed in the clashes. after circling several tienls around the airport, the plane ventually turned back and headed to nicaragua. there has been international condemnation of the coup. even president obama caused for zelaya to be rein stated as the country's leader. these calls have been categorically rejected by the new government. >> thanks. >> in china ethnic violence has left at least 140 people dead and hundreds under arrest. governor forces cracked down on members of the muslim uighur group who were protesting their treatment at a factory.
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the government says the situation is under control this morning. they blame the trouble on uighur exiles. >> here in the u.s. state lawmakers have a tough week ahead. july is the start of the fiscal year for most of them and many face a deep financial crisis. california tops the list of $26 billion deficit. as laura marquez reports that, could make it harder for the rest of the country it cope. >> reporter: the phones ring 900 times a day here at california's poison control center, mostly from frantic parents whose children have ingested something dangerous. kate had to make that call when her daughter swallowed a cigarette butt she found on the beach. >> it lowered my fears. they were on it. >> reporter: but california is so deep in the red it may be forced to shut down its four poison centers and cut other vital services such as children's health care and education.
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her father is also a physician. >> we will end up losing for sure if they cut poison control. we'll be spending more money and people will be getting hurt and probably dying. >> reporter: with no budget in place, the state will run out of money by the end of the month and has already begun issuing ious in place of checks. governor schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency. >> so every day as we don't get the budget done, we are spending 20, $30 million a day more than we take in. >> reporter: california is not the only state facing an economic meltdown. economists say not since the great depression is they seen so many states in such financial peril. at least a dozen states are facing severe budget problems. but because of its sheer size, california's financial crisis could spell trouble for the entire country. >> the country can't recover without california's recovering. >> reporter: but recovery can happen are painful cuts will have is to be made leaving a tarnish on the golden state.
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laura marquez, abc news, san francisco. >> it is time to take a look at your money forecast. thunderstorms in the rocky with the threat of severe weather in parts of colorado, new mexico and montana. scatter thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds from south texas to north florida. >> a high of 92 in dallas and miami. 90 in new orleans. 80s from new york to atlanta. a cool 65 in seattle, 9 in portland but boise heats up to 87. >> a self-proclaimed art nis florida is pedalling bicycles that cost more than many used cars. he is calling them works of art. >> you be the judge. alicksis mixes old with new. but most are made from scratch and they could run you up to $15,000. he says his bikes are fancy/functional. some feature hand wrapped copper wiring or wood rooms. >> he says a stingle frame can
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take him up to 250 hours to build. despite that hefty price tag, he sells about 50 bikes a year. >> wow. >> they have to be made of gold for me to buy at that price. >> there's a bike shop in my neighborhood i went in and prices are outrageous, like a thousand bucks for a bike, which is a lot to me. >> i assumed the bikes would not even resemble a bike, be something really drastically different. >> i don't know a thing about art. >> me either. ♪ let it roll, baby, roll, let it roll, all night long ♪
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>> in gaffney, south carolina hundreds turned out for the funeral of the first victims of the serial killer. police are looking for this man, who they say murdered five people last week, though they don't know why. most people in the small town knew all of the victims. now they are on edge. many are armed hoping police find them before he kills again. >> in nashville police are putting together clues in the murder of steve mcnair. the investigation hinges on his relationship with a young woman
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found dead beside him. >> reporter: hundreds of stunned titans fans dropped by steve mcnair's nashville restaurant on sunday covering the front windows and sidewalk with flowers and personal messages. police now say mcnair was murdered, shot four times, but they haven't yet said who killed him. police found the murder weapon under the body of 20-year-old sahel kazemi on the floor near mcnair. kazemi was shot once in the side of the head but police have yet to classify it as a murder/suicide. >> based on the evidence at the scene and based on what we know from witnesses thus far, can you lean certain ways in an investigation but you can't be closed minded in an investigation. >> reporter: police have also now confirmed that mcnair and kazemi were dating and had been for several months. and though investigators insist they haven't ruled anything out, they aren't looking for suspect, instead focusing on the victims'
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relationship. >> we have already begun talking to friends of miss kazemi and friends of mr. mcnair in an evident so ascertain were they having any squabbles, was one upset at the other, if so, why? >> reporter: mcnair was married with four sons. he made the pro bowl three times, was the league's co-mvp in 2003 and led the tennessee titans to super bowl 34 where they came up a yard short of forcing overtime. decks won't say who the gun belonged to and are interviewing staff members at two nashville bars. it will be at least few days before police announce whether someone killed mcnair's girl friend or whether she killed herself. >> they said a couple days earlier the woman had been arrested for dui and mcnair was in the car, too. you wonder if the two are somehow strangely related. not saying that they are but you certainly wonder.
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also the whole issue of whether it was murder/suicide. he had four gunshot wounds, she just had one. >> they're saying the gun was underneath her body when they found the two of them. the interesting thing is this knowing of his double life. the fact that fans looked at him as a married man with four children, thought he had this really upstanding athlete citizen sort of background. very different in terms of what we're hearing now. >> he had had some issues. >> one of the last big superstar memorial services in los angeles was ten years ago. >> that's when loved ones and fans paid respects to frank sinatra. memories from the abc ne vault coming up next.
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since his death we have heard from plenty of people involved in michael jackson's life, his father, his attorney and his promoter. >> now for the first time we're hearing from jackson's former chef, johnny chow. he cooked for jackson in the early 90s. >> i spent a year at neverland valley ranch, 2,700 acres of beautiful property. and i was going to take the gig just based on that. i figured this would be a great vacation. for two weeks michael would come through the kitchen kind of giggling and not really talking to me. so it took him a while to get used to me, took him a while to trust the food i was going to feed him. a year later we became tight. we did everything, we went to the circus together, we went shopping. he would always want me around. he really was a genuine, very sweet, very kind man. he would thank me hours after dinner parties, constantly thank me for doing something that i was being well paid for. he was so antidrugs. he would say it all the time but, you know, i don't know what happened because i haven't spent
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time with him in a good number of years. so perhaps the pressure of all the media that surrounded the allegations and all of the pressure now with the new tour, it all probably came together and we still don't know all the final answers. i think his legacy will be the music, the dance, the entertainment. that's what gets me going, man. i listen to that michael jackson stuff, i get fired up. >> one more take insider in in case, michael jackson's former chef who also has cooked for willy nelson, marlon brand owe, whitney houston. >> los angeles is no stranger to high-profile events like tomorrow's memorial service for michael jackson. >> in may 1998 friends gathered to celebrate the life of frank sinatra. here's good morning america's coverage beginning with former news anchor and toneio mora. >> reporter: in california, a sendoff worthy of a legend with a man known in the earlier day simply as the voice was laid to
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rest near palm springs, california after a funeral service in beverly hills. the story from lisa salters. >> reporter: hollywood's most well-known stars came to pay their respects to old blue ey , eyes,. 400 invited guests attended the funeral mass, embracing one another as they prepared to say their good-byes. across the street hundreds of sinatra's fans kept a vigil, fondly remembering the chairman of the board, taking snapshot of his equally famous friends. inside the private ceremony the church was decorated with gar deanas and white roses. actors gregory peck and robert wagner were among the many who eulogized sinatra while while tony bennett, a singer sinatra considered second to none sang ave maria. sinatra's family wanted this
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memorial to be a tribute to his life and the legacy he leaves behind. >> i told funny stories of the things we did to the on the road and a lot of laughs. >> sammy davis, jr.'s widow remembers the day of the rat pack. >> it just brought back memories of the fun times, the good times with sammy and i and frank and barbara. >> reporter: but as the casket draped in flowers was carried out of the church on its way to a cemetery near palm springs, there was a distinct sadness in the air, marking the end of an era. lisa salters, abc news, pefrl hills. >> one of the last big celebrity funerals in l.a., frank sinatra. you get the feeling that's sort of tame compared to what we can expect tomorrow. >> certainly. we've heard so much about these tickets. people are finding out if they're one of the lucky ones. on ebay people are silling the tickets. i was on earlier and there was a
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>> announcer: "world >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> make sure your tray tables are in their upright and lobbed positions. on the flights they want toupee close attention to the safety debrief but nobody ever does, right? well, a certain airline has come up with a new way to make you pay attention. take a look. >> we'd like to give what you we call the bare essentials. all baggage should be tucked away over here. >> when he said bare essentials, he meant it. these people are nude. that's body paint believe it or not. the idea here is to try and make people actually pay attention. they figured if we're actually
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neighborhood, maybe they'll do it. you can see the camera angles are specific, not showing anything too crazy but this is their idea. it's air new zealand. >> i feel like there's not enough skin. i kind of want to see more. it maybe would make me listen. >> less paint next time. >> they've got this whole nothing to hide ad campaign, which is supposed to talk about how they have no hidden fees. apparently they have no hidden clothes either. i would probably pay a little more attention -- >> you may not notice on the tiny screen on the airplane. >> squinting to see for once. it's my turn still. >> i thought you were just imagining that nude moment. i was letting you have a moment. >> some of the flight attendants i've seen, maybe not so much. >> so obama the turtle has been released off key west. a sweet story. it was the day before president obama was sworn in when they found this way ward, 215-pound turtle. ever since then they've been taking care of thing, nurturing it, bringing it back to health.
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they final figured out it's okay, can be let loose. what better time do that than on independence day. maybe it's looking for a change of scenery or something. >> okay, moving on. this is a really interesting -- >> willis, i can always count on willis. >> should i laugh? what am i laughing at here? >> one lame joke. >> in latvia they have been hit hard are than most of the rest of the european union. you can right now sell your soul for a loan. there is a man that is marketing his company and he's sold something like 200 loans following this method. he says we're not going to use debt collectors, there's no physical violence. you just need to be aware. that's how he greets you, in the sunglasses, white shirt to make it super creepy and you sign away your soul. it says contract in big lerts. it's no joke. you give your soul away. and if you don't pay it back,
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your soul is gone. >> we sold ours when we started on had shift. i had to stop going to community college because my mom was unable to work.
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>> crowd control. police in los angeles prepare for hundreds of thousands of michael jackson fans anxious to be part of the superstar's memorial. >> then living in fear. the people in a south carolina town are on edge. >> we're keeping the doors locked at night. we've got guns pretty much everywhere. >> the intense hunt for a suspected serial killer. >> and hollywood looks back at the life of a notorious criminal. is the film "public enemies" a must see? it's monday, july 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we both saw the dill jer moving. we were debating whether it was
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factual. >> i think sometimes they're misleading because people take it as gospel and it's usually a nice intermingling between reality and story telling. >> probably the case here. we'll tell you whether it was good onned. stick around for insomniac theater, a mantra digs here on "world news now." i'm jeremy hubbard. >> and i'm vinita nair. the battle over michael jackson's estate goes to court today. lawyers for his mother and two men named? the will are involved in the dispute. >> and thousands of fans learn if they'll get tickets to the memorial. >> reporter: good morning. over 17,000 michael jackson fans who were devastated by himself sudden death are celebrating the fact that they will have a seat at the king of pop's memorial this tuesday in los angeles. >> it's overwhelming to think we're going to be able to be there to help celebrate his life with his other fans and his family. >> reporter: on tuesday the area around the staples center will be sealed off with the help
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of 2,500 police officers. fearing crowds of a half million or more, authorities are telling fans don't come out if you didn't win a ticket. >> it doesn't make a lot of sense for purposes of being able to see or participate in the event. i'm hoping people will heed that advice. to the degree that's possible, we'll have much small are crowds. >> god knows we have earthquakes, floods, fires here in the city of los angeles. we need an adequate reserve. this may deplete the overtime funds. >> the jackson family will hold a private gathering at the forest lawn cemetery in the hills before the more public memorial to be beamed around the world. >> more michael jackson coverage throughout the morning on abc news. later this half hour, the remarkable sales surge at record stores and be sure to watch abc's live coverage of the jackson memorial service tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. eastern, 10 a.m. on the west coast. >> president obama and the first family are on their way to
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russia this morning aboard air force i. mr. obama wants to mend strained relations between the two countries. the trickiest part of the visit might be figuring out who is really in charge. yunji de nies has more from moscow. >> reporter: president obama faces not just one russian leader but two, a president and a prime minister. president medvedev holds formal power but prime minister puttin may in fact still be in charge. >> it >> it looks as vladimir putin is making key decisions and running the show. >> obama would make better use of his time spending more time with putin and really try to understand what makes this guy tick. >> reporter: but the president plans to spend the bulk of his time with mr. medvedev. he wants to reset america'ss relationship with russia. >> it's time to move forward in a different direction. i think medvedev understands that. i think putin has one foot in
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the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new. >> reporter: the leaders are meeting to discuss nuclear disarmament, the growing threat of north carolina and iran and they'll also focus on afghanistan. the u.s. wants guaranteed access to key supply routes that run through russian territories as they ramp up the fight against the taliban. on those key issues, analysts say mr. obama must deal directly with putin and he must be tough. >> this is going to be a real leadership test for him. it is going to test just how tough, really cold blooded he can be. >> reporter: prime minister putin has said he hasn't ruled out another run for the presidency here in 2012. all the more reason that while mr. obama may want to focus on the current russian president, he cannot ignore the powerful prime minister. yunji de nies, abc news, moscow. >> china state media reports at least 140 people have died in ethnic clashes in a far west
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province. violence erupted after muslim uighurs protested an incident in a factory. authorities launched a crackdown that lasted for hours. the government says several hundred people are under arrest but the situation is now under control. they blame the trouble on the uighurs exiles. >> the conflict in honduras has turned deadly. the ousted president tried to return home sunday but military vehicles and soldiers blocked the runway. his plane was diverted to nicaragua. thousands of supporters marched. at least one person was killed, two others severely injured. >> gaffney, south carolina is a small town held hostage by a serial killer. five people have been shot to death. police say the murders are linked. the first victims were buried over the weekend and the town is in a virtual lockdown hoping there are no more deaths. jeffrey kofman is there. >> reporter: for the residents of this small south carolina
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town there was little to celebrate this holiday weekend as they gathered to bury two more victims of a serial killer who is now believed to have murdered five people. you knew all five? >> i did. i've grown up in this community and it's really been hard to accept. >> kind of scared. >> it's just the whole county's on alert. >> reporter: hundreds of police officers and investigators have descended on cherokee county in a race to catch the killer before he strikes again. the sheriff has released this composite of the man they're looking for. they do not know his motive. >> there's no evidence that he knows the victims. there's no evidence that the victims are connected. >> reporter: the killings began on the outskirts of gaffney when a 63-year-old peach farmer was shot in his home. then on wednesday a 50-year-old woman and her elderly mother were found bound and shot in their home just a few miles away. on thursday a businessman and his daughter were shot in his
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home supply store. he died at the scene. the 15-year-old girl died in the hospital. >> the pitfall in any of these cases is trying to logically figure out why he might be doing this. you know, is he driven by some delusion? is he driven by anger? >> reporter: whatever his motive, he has put this town on edge, on alert. >> we're keeping the doors locked at night. we've got guns pretty much everywhere. i've got a gun in the truck and i'm carrying a gun right now. >> reporter: you've got one on you? >> i've got one on me. i've got a 25 automatic with me right now. i'm going to be ready. you have got to be ahead of this man >> reporter: 40 years ago the so-called gaffney strangler murdered four girls before he was apprehended. he was killed in prison. and 40 years later headlines again. this one says it all. this really is a community living in terror and that terror will continue until the murderer, the serial murderer,
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is caught. jeffrey kofman, abc news, gaffney, south carolina. >> police in nashville are putting to the clues in the murder of former nfl quarterback steve mcnair. they're looking closely at the relationship between mcnair and the woman who died with him. the couple's bodies were discovered saturday. mcnair had been shot four times and the woman was shot once in the head. but police are not calling it a murder/suicide. >> former washington d.c. mayor marion barry has been charged with stalking an ex-girl friend. he was arrested and released a short time later. it's just the latest legal run-in for barry. he's on probation for failing to pay taxes. he served six months in prison on drug charges in the 90s. he's due in court thursday. >> alaska governor sarah palin is going on line to defend her decision to give up her job. in one of several postings on twitter, she promised to smack down lies against her. but it is unclear whether palin has other political ambitions or whether her abrupt resignation
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will help or hurt them. that was a surprise. >> everyone's speculating about what this means. >> here's a look at your monday forecast: thunderstorms in the rockies where there could be large hail, gust eve winds and tornadoes from new mexico to montana. scattered thunderstorms from south texas to the carolinas and florida. >> boston will be dry climbing to 77, baltimore hits 86, atlanta 84, seasonable in the nation's heartland. in the 80s from detroit to omaha. a cool 65 in seattle, 110 in phoenix. >> you don't have to ask me, yes, i was certainly watching the wimbledon men's singles final. it was one for the ages. it took him four hours and 16ments but roger federer finally defeated andy roddick to win his record setting 15 major championships. >> it wasn't decided until the 30th game of the fifth set. that was the longest fifth set and longest major tournament final since 1927. >> my heart was pounding the whole time.
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great for roger federer. 15. hard to believe. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ the winner takes it all, the
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>> it is no real surprise since his death michael jackson's music has been selling at record >> it is no real surprise since his death michael jackson's music has been selling at record pace. >> it is a challenge to keep up with demand when the music industry has been hurting. >> reporter: at wreckless records in chicago the king of pop is selling like one. everything with jackson's name on it gone. >> we have to special order and
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just tell people you got to wait. >> reporter: in this age of declining album interest, sales of jackson cds have jumped 4,000%. amazon's top music sellers are all jackson. he's the first performer to sell over a million internet tracks in a week. >> definitely now i'm going to start collecting. >> reporter: sony has been scrambling to meet demand, its new jersey plant churning out cds even on this holiday. >> right now it's pretty crazy. you can get overtime, they're calling everybody in. >> reporter: for an artist whose work has often been overshadowed by his dubious personal life, the surge in popularity and profits is perhaps the ultimate vindication. >> this is really the opportunity finally for people to feel that they can remember what it was they loved about him. >> reporter: retailers expect the trend to continue perhaps for months as details about jackson's death slowly come to life, a long, final encore for an artist whose music remains a thriller.
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eric horng, abc news, chicago. >> if you can't find music in record stores, people are getting inventive. when i was in los angeles last week, there were guys on the side of the street selling home made boot leg copies of michael jackson's greatest hits. >> it sounds like it's not just the music. he wrote a 1988 autobiography called "moon walk." they're saying you could probably go someplace like amazon and it's selling for as much as $2,100. the tickets for the memorial are selling on e-bay and now the big -- book is selling. when we return, the world's fascination with competitive eating. >> i love this stuff! this weekend hot dog's eating contest inspired to us look deep into the abc news vault. you're going to be grossed out.
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>> it would not haeen the >> it would not have been the 4th of july without the annual hot dog eating contest at new york's coney island. for the third year in row, joey chestnut did the nation proud. >> he looks so sick. he defeated his arch rival and set a new world record eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes.
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>> i was going to go out and take video of it but i fell asleep and missed out. this is what i missed out on. how exciting is that. >> and two women were competing, too. it was exciting to see two tiny little asian women chowing down >> in 1916 the winner ate just 13 hot dogs. >> bill ritter looked into competitive eating on january 20th, 1994 from our abc news -- on january 9th, 2004 from our abc news vault. >> reporter: they're not exactly your typical athlete but competitive speed eating isn't your typical sport. >> the eaters gathered here today, my friend, are some of the finest in the world. >> reporter: if you think you ate a lot over the holidays,
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wait till you see the 2003 end of the year championship -- all you can eat in 12 minutes of chicken wrapped in duck wrapped in turkey. at stake, the title of american eater of the year. two of the favorites, big ed cookie jarvis and little sonia thomas. jarvis is a 40 pound new york real estate salesman who is the number one ranked american eater. he's been in the wall street journal, the new york times magazine, even playboy. and he has a room full of trophies. by comparison, sonia thomas of virginia is a rookie. >> he's famous, you know. >> reporter: weighing in at a parliamentary 100 pounds. but among the eaters, she's known as sonia thomas, a cross between anna kournikova and a jackal loose on the serenghetti. >> reporter: in october she won a taco eating contest wolfing down 43 and a half in 10 minutes and 65 hard boiled eggs in six
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minutes, 40 seconds. these are the giants whose shoulder the future of competitive eating will stand on. >> reporter: the brains all this? the shea brothers. whose tongues are always firmly in their cheeks. >> it's physical poetry watching them eat. there's a beauty and magic, almost like a professional dance when they're eating. >> reporter: the sheas run the nathan's famous hot dog eating contests. when they saw the crowds, they saw a potential gold mine. they formed the international federation of competitive eating and started holding contests. when you tell your parents as you describe to them what you're doing every day with these contests, what do they think? >> they did not anticipate this. >> reporter: i'm sure. >> and i don't sadly count our mother as one of our fan base.
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>> but she's in a demographic we always had a problem with. >> reporter: i'm trying not to laugh. >> we see the inside human struggle. it's a journey within. >> now is the time to look within and say i have it inside! >> reporter: what do you say to people who would say we are a country of overweight, obese people and you're helping to foster it? >> the sport of competitive eating is about strategy. it is not about gluteny and not about a celebration of excess. >> reporter: by the time of the big showdown, everyone is in eating shape. >> you're looking at the three horsemen of the esophagus here at the center of the table, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: this is a very close race.
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>> sonia thomas appears to be rising above the ground. >> put it down. >> reporter: and we have a photo finish. >> with seven and three quarters plates, sonia thomas! >> reporter: sonia beats cookie by just a quarter of a plate and dethrowned the top ranked american eater. >> reporter: how do you feel now? >> fine. >> reporter: full? >> no. >> reporter: you're not full? >> no. >> now she's going to eat dessert. >> reporter: you're going to eat dessert? >> yeah. >> reporter: so sonia, where are you going now? well, she's going to coney island and the july 4th hot dog eating contest to take on the world champ. she says she'll be ready. >> of course you heard the announce are say these were the three horsemen of the esophagus.
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and insurance payment on a brand new power chair or scooter. call the number on your screen. >> for this week's installment of insomniac theater, jeremy and i both saw "public enemy." >> much anticipation about this movie because it has an all-star cast, jenny depp, christian bale, two all stars of the big screen. first a little background. depp plays the 1930s notorious bank robber john dillinger and bale plays the lawman hunting him down. depp escapes prison and takes off on a series of well-planned
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bank robberies. along the way he meets the woman he loves, a coat check girl named billie freschette. >> i was born in indiana. my mama died, my daddy beat the hell out of me because he didn't know a better way to raise me. you like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars, whiskey and you. what else you need to know? >> it worked. she followed him and there was the love story after that. i love johnny depp. he could be in a kool-aid commercial and i would love it and watch it. i just expected more from this movie. i don't know what it was. they used a lot of hand-held cameras. maybe i was sitting a little close to the screen. it was just annoying and jarring and blair witchish. i only gave it three and a half kernels. >> i had the opposite experience. i loved it. i kind of wanted to give it four
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and a half. it's a crime movie so there's a lot of fighting scenes. i hear what you're talking about some of the hand-held stuff. this is one of the action scenes where johnny depp is almost found out and it's in this scene he ends up losing a lot of the guys he's been going through this whole movie with. two of the best actors, christian bale and him, bale plays an agent whose job it is to find john dillinger. listen to one of the exchanges when he captures him one time in the movie. >> you act like a confident man. you have a few qualities probably pretty good from a distance, especially when you get out numbered but up close toe to toe when somebody's about to die right here right now, i'm used to that. >> i have to admit i don't like christian bale. i haven't liked him for a while.
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>> fan frenzy. the hundreds of thousands of people expected in l.a. tomorrow for michael jackson's memorial. the few tickets available and how police are preparing. >> then palin puzzle. how the governor of alaska's sudden resignation confounded republican leaders. >> it's one of the most politically tone deaf decisions that we've seen. >> what is her next political move? >> and signing off. radio star casie kasem's unexpected decision. >> keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. >> the end of an era. it's monday, july 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> surprising news over the weekend. sort of a last-minute decision
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sounds like. casie kasem off the radio. >> i feel like every weekend road trip you always turn him on to listen to the top 40. good morning. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. the fight over michael jackson's estate moves to a los angeles courtroom today. >> his mother is contesting a 7-year-old will giving two former business partners control over his millions while fans hoping for tickets for the superstar's memorial wait for news. t.j. winick has more. >> reporter: good morning. los angeles authorities are bracing for a massive influx of people, as many as three quarters of a million michael jackson fans may try and get near this building on tuesday but right now no plans for any jumbotrons outside beaming the service to folks in the streets. after all, right now police are asking people to stay at home and watch the service on television. over 17,000 michael jackson fans devastated over his sudden death ten days ago are now celebrating
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the fact they will get a seat at the king of pop's memorial this tuesday in los angeles. >> we never thought that we would be picked. although we kept checking all day and sane -- serendipity with with us. we got the tickets and were just really happy. >> reporter: the area around the staples center will be sealed off with the help of 2,500 police officers. fearing crowds of a half million or more, authorities are telling fans don't come out if you didn't win a ticket. >> really, it just doesn't make a lot of sense for purposes of being able to see or participate in the event. i'm hoping that people will heed that advice. to the degree that's possible, we'll have much smaller crowds. >> reporter: the jackson family will hola private gathering at the forest lawn cemetery in the hollywood hills before the very public memorial to be beamed around the world. meanwhile the tributes continue. saturday night in london madonna celebrated michael jackson's
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music in the same arena where he was to stage his comeback. ♪ all right, people, let's give it up to one of the greatest artists the world has ever known, michael jackson! long live the king! >> reporter: the los angeles times is reporting that authorities investigating michael jackson's death are focusing on at least five medical doctors who prescribed him drugs. jeremy and vinita? >> stay with abc news for more coverage on michael jackson. later, the superstar's numerous plastic surgeries. >> president obama and the first family have left the white house for a visit to russia, italy and ghana. while in moscow, he'll try to smooth relations with president medvedev but prime minister putin may be still calling the shots.
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>> it looks as if putin is still making decisions and running the show. >> in an interview last week, president obama said putin had one foot in the old way of doing things and one foot in the new. mr. obama meets with putin tomorrow. >> reporter: in china a protest by ethnic muslims turned violent and the state media reports at least 140 people are dead. china security forces crabbed down on members of the muslim uighur group who were protesting their treatment at a factory. the government said several hundred people arend arrest but the situation is under control. security forces blame the trouble on uighur exiles. >> now to sarah palin's abrupt resignation. the fbi has taken an unusual step of announcing that she is not under investigation. so why is she quitting before finishing her term and what will it mean to her political future? john hendren reports. >> reporter: after two days of intense scrutiny on her surprise
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resignation, governor sarah palin is taking to the internet to fight back. in one of several postings on twitter, she promised to smack down lies about her. on face theres book she said i am now looking ahead on how we can advance this country together. i hope will you join me. palin's lawyers are vigorously protecting her image warning the media the palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law. republican leaders took to the airwaves to say they're just as baffled as everyone else. >> astounding. >> it's unclear what her strategy is. >> reporter: what is she up to? >> nobody knows exactly what she's trying to accomplish unless you're sarah palin. >> reporter: the man who will succeed palin tax her at her word that she's protecting her family and alaska's budget from bogus ethics investigations. >> what i heard from the governor really had to do with the weight on her, the concern she had for the cost of all the ethics investigations and the like. >> reporter: several republican
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leaders question whether the 2008 vice presidential candidate was setting up an unconditioningsal run for the white house and they question how stepping down now could possibly help. >> if this is geared for her run for the presidency in 2012, it's one of the most politically tone deaf decisions we've seen. >> reporter: in a primary, this is going to have an issue she'll have to face. she's got to demonstrate leadership >> reporter: as palin continues to defend herself online, each new statement fuels speculation her political ambitions are far from over and that we haven't seen the last of sarah palin. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> in gaffney, south carolina the first victims of a serial killer were laid to rest over the weekend. police are looking for this man who they say murdered five people last week, though they don't know why. most people in the small town knew all of his victims. now they're on edge and many are armed hoping police find him before he kills again. >> in nashville stunned fans have left flowers and messages at a restaurant owned by former quarterback steve mcnair who was
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murdered over the weekend. police are focusing on the relationship between mcnair and 209-year-old woman, sahel kazemi who was found shot to death beside him. the couple had been dating for several months. >> we have already begun talking to friends of miss kazemi and friends of mr. mcnair in an effort to ascertain were they having any squabbles, was one upset at the other, if so, why? >> mcnair was married with four sons. his wife is expected to announce funeral arrangements later today. >> reporter: in central america the military coup in honduras has turned deadly. ousted president made a daring attempt to return home but they blocked the runway. thousands of supporters awaited his arrival but they were met with tear goes and bullets. at least one was killed, two others severely injured. >> a late-night rule has cleared the way for general motor to quickly exit from bankruptcy. gm can sell its bast assets to a
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new company. the treasury department has threatened to cut off funding to gm if the sale doesn't go through by friday. >> do you need a paper towel? >> it's been a rou morning. >> you did all right. we'll get it cleaned up. >> now for a look at your weather. widespread thunderstorms, heavy rain and gusty winds from dallas to or left-hand owe. thunderstorms with a chance of hail from west texas and new mexico to montana. cooler with showers in the pacific northwest. >> raining in here, too. >> all over me. 65 in seattle, 69 in portland, albuquerque 92, highs in the 80s for chicago, st. louis and much of the midwest. 90s across the south, 77 in boston and 84 here in new york. let's show the world how sloppy i am. >> can you see this is coffee right here. >> no, it's tea, it's tea. >> i wanted to get the splash. >> all over my pants, too. >> all right. well, heads are turning in a
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tiny town in iowa all because of a very odd couple. >> the duck and the dog are inseparable. a teen-ager who owned her said at first she thought cleo would have her for lunch but instead they've become best friends. >> sterl loves dog food as much as cleo does. they even drink water from the same bowl. how about that. ♪ side by side
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>> that of course is michael jackson's song human nature.
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one of his hits is called "man in the mirror." the man jackson saw in the mirror through his life physically changed a lot. >> cynthia mcfadden chronicled those changes. we pick up the story with jackson on top of the world. >> reporter: it was after the unprecedented success of "thriller" the metaphor if a sis of michael jackson became far more than an artistic statement. it's as if it became his personal reality. >> he wanted to be the king of pop. he wanted to be michael jackson only in that that became some extraordinary brand or some global phenomenon. >> reporter: and somewhere michael jackson went from controlling his image to being controlled by it. >> the fun house always becomes menacing at some part. the mirror starts reflecting you back to yourself in a grotesque way, your voice starts echoing in a strange way, you start losing the sense of your own stable identity. >> reporter: in 1984 a much publicized accident slowed him
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down briefly. his hair caught fire while shooting this pepsi commercial. ♪ because i'm bad, i'm bad >> reporter: his next album, "bad" is big. more than 20 million copies and another new look, a look that would evolve to this. how much surgery had to take place to go from this to this? >> his eyebrows are very, very high. he's probably had some sort of forehead lift or brow lift. his lips have been thinned out. they look like they might be tattooed. the nose speaks for itself. >> reporter: what is with the cleft chin? >> the reason why the operation hasn't become popular is because it never looks real. he didn't have that before. >> reporter: could his face just have evolved into that shape? >> no, that's not a natural cleft. >> reporter: as the makeovers became more extreme, the public seemed to be ever more
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fascinated. jackson even seemed to tease his fans about the color of his skin. in the music video "black or white." were the lyrics confirmation he was changing his skin color? not according to jackson, who in 1993 told oprah winfrey his skin color was transforming but it was the result of a skin disease. >> i have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. it's something that i cannot help, okay. but people make up stories that i don't want to be who i am it hurts me. >> it's the most unusual case >> it's the most unusual case of vitiligo that i've seen. i think he's bleached his skin, possibly to blend in. i have to wonder what came first, the vitiligo or the desire for lighter skin.
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>> reporter: by 1995 the 36-year-old jackson released his music video "childhood." his appearance is strangely wide-eyed, square jawed, narrow cheeked, his skin like porcelain. what's the look that he would like to have as a result? >> obviously he's trying to look caucasian. his skin is whiter, his nose is getting thinner every six months, his lips are getting thinner, his eyebrows are getting higher, his eyes are getting defatted every time, his cheek bones are getting bigger. >> reporter: but jackson told martin bashir that just wasn't so. >> i'm telling you the honest truth. i don't do anything to my face. >> reporter: honestly? >> honestly. >> reporter: he says i've had no plastic surgery on my face, just my nose. it helped me breathe better so i can hit higher notes. end quote. >> it's a shock value statement. he's had plenty of plastic surgery on his face. his nose has had lots and lots of surgery.
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>> reporter: it is as though heap creating if not a new species certainly some look we've never seen before. >> absolutely. he ended up looking not white either in any literal way. ultimately there's nothing he really fully resembles. nothing traditionally realistically human. >> reporter: dr. steven hoffman performed plastic surgery on michael jackson until the late 1990s. ten years ago he told "20/20" he only did what jackson asked him to do. >> i think he wanted a feature that bothered him to be made smaller, more sculptured. he's very happy with what he's done, okay. i think he's done more than i recommended in terms of the changes, yes. >> it's interesting. the biographer also talks a lot about his obsession with this notion of morphing. her thought is it started with "thriller." perhaps he had some weird fascination of morphing
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into something else. >> in that piece they morphed all the images of him through the years that really stood out the changes in his faced. you heard the plastic surgeon talking. it makes you wonder why along the way a plastic surgeon didn't step in and say, look, michael, i'm not going to do this, i know it's what you want, but it's not right or healthy for you so i'm not going to do it. >> a lot of people speculating he surrounded himself with people who said yes. >> that's true. >> when we come back, advice for actress megan fox. >> yes. and justin timberlake's breakup? i don't know. "skinny" up next.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ skinny, so skinny >> we start with one of jeremy's favorite ladies. >> could we just put up a picture for a second or two? before you say anything
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negative, i just wonder if we could just look at her for a couple of seconds. >> and indulge your weird fantasy. >> then we could get into the bad stuff. >> first of all, i have nothing negative to say about her for the reasons you think. i don't have some weird jealousy like do i with other women for this particular one. it's interesting. if anyone saw the recent interview with her on entertainment weekly, she blasts the director michael bay of "transformers" and said he relied too heavily on special effects rather than acting. michael bay being the titan that he is in terms of being a director has lashed out and said nobody in the world knew about megan fox until i found her and put her in "transformers." he goes on to say she says some very ridiculous things because she's 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing up to do and makes the mention of the fact that he thinks the world basically rolls their eyes when she talks. i think it's safe to say her
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character might die if there's a transformer 3. this is just my opinion, not abc's, she has had heir of very very self-impressed. i think those comments lend to why she's not my favorite. >> she's got a lot of people telling her how great she is. he argues he's a kingmaker, nick cage. >> i have to agree. he is. he started nicolas cage, will smith, ben affleck. >> made them all famous and now megan fox, the unappreciative actress she apparently is. >> could things be over between justin timberlake and jessica biel? and can i move my hands like this a little more? apparently it's a rocky road for the two of them. newspapers are reporting there have been troubles in paradise. they haven't been seen together since may and friends think the relationship is going south. there were rumors he perhaps cheated on her at a night club. he had to leave dinner once with his friends because she was burning up his phone basically asking him where is he, what's
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going on, always keeping tabs on him. all of his friends think she's annoying according to this source. he is in london partying it up and she wanted to go but he wouldn't let her. >> can i say something in her defense? this is a very similar m.o. to when he and cameron diaz broke up. so it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. >> he doesn't want to settle down. >> that's fine, don't have a girl friend then. >> from your lips to his ears. >> so kanye west could be interning at the gap of all places. >> as long as he doesn't sing, that will be all right. my opinion. >> so kanye west they're saying is interning at the gap and according to people who work at the gap, they say he is really quietly trying to learn the insides of business. he of course is a bigger fan of places like dior and louis vuitton. >> he fancies himself quite the fashionista.
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i didn't know the gap was the best place to -- >> we both need to stop. >> more news coming up.
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>> here are some stories to watch today on abc news: president obama arrives in moscow today to begin discussions about the strained relationship between the u.s. and russia. >> the legal fight over michael jackson's estate goes to court in l.a. today. it involves the king of pop's mother and two men who are named co-extors of jackson's will. >> and the senator-elect from minnesota, al franken, meets with majority leader harry reid today on capitol hill. minnesota supreme court named franken the winner of a contested senate race last week. he's sworn in tomorrow. >> finally this half hour, the final countdown. one of the most recognizable voices in radio, casie kasem, is giving up what he's best known for. >> i feel like one of your
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listeners when you were a deejay. >> he's signed off his weekly countdown show for the last time. >> we begin the weekend of july 4th, 1970. after 39 years, this will be our final countdown. >> reporter: the news came as a shock to casie kasem's fans. kasem, 77, was the last of the big time deejays. personalities who brought personality to americans when radio was king. >> i really felt like these guys were a part of my family. >> reporter: casen handed over the mic of his signature show to ryan seacrest five years ago. >> reporter: kasem really pioneered the countdown format on radio and those dedications, thousands of them through the years. >> a long distance dedication from patty to roger. >> reporter: he also gave life
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to cartoon characters. he was the voice of skuby-doo's side kick shaggy. >> reporter: the music business has changed. kasem's wife says it's time to move on. >> the stations are changing, the networks are changing. radio itself is changing. >> reporter: almost no one knew until this weekend and kasem has declined interview requests. >> he's never been big on good-byes or hellos. he lets his work say it. the music may have changed but kasem has not. >> i'm casie kasem. now one more time the words i've ended my show with since 1970, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. >> such a familiar phrase. hey, casie, have i a request, can we have some paper towel around here? we got it all cleaned up now but
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